View Full Version : OT - Need ideas for package to overseas soldier

05-03-2007, 03:28 PM
One of my coworker's sister just got sent to Djoubuti for a 6 month tour of duty. She had to leave her 2 children ages 15 and 8 home and we all feel like we want to do something special for her. This is her first time that she is posted overseas.

The only thing that she has asked for is Crystal Light, some scarves for her hair and t-shirts.

Since there are a bunch of us at work that want to send her some suprises I thought I would see if anyone has anymore ideas of items that may be needed. I know from previous posts that some of you have family stationed overseas.

Any ideas would be appreciated!

Thanks in advance

05-03-2007, 04:44 PM
My son is overseas and we send him baby wipes to wipe down with,cause it's so hot and shower gel.They also like little toys to give to the kids over there.Just goodies that don't melt :roflhard:Send her a basket full of shower stuff.Nice soft toilet paper,Tampons,pads,mints ,candles,ect.

05-03-2007, 04:55 PM
My neighbor just came home from Egypt...he liked phone cards and Kool Aid.

ETA- Lisa said that Beanie Babies work well too. They gave them out to the kids, and so many people had so many just to get rid of from the past collection fads.

05-03-2007, 05:03 PM
My mom also sent a package to a former student who was serving overseas, and he always sent letters home saying that he was bored. We sent some candy (non-parishable), granola bars, shaving cream, mouthwash, and crossword puzzles. I think we sent him more, but I can't remember what. Maybe you could send her a mirror, some hairbands, make-up, or Chapstick, simple things that she would appreciate. Hope I helped! :hug:

05-03-2007, 05:18 PM
A lady at the post office told me that her son always requested ketchup. Apparently the ketchup they have overseas is not too good.

When my boyfriend was overseas, I always sent him his favorite candy. I also sent him a couple jars of salsa and some Chapstick from time to time.

Also, it gets cold in the dessert at night, so my bf borrowed one of my light knit blankets, don't know if she has one of those.

05-03-2007, 05:25 PM
popcorn, phone cards, preaddressed envelopes....

05-03-2007, 06:53 PM
Envelopes, paper, pens
Small pads of paper
Pre-addressed labels and/or envelopes
Notebooks (a size they can keep in a pocket & keep dry)
Single use disposable cameras
Photos from home
Post Cards
Blank Holiday Cards
Stamps ( to mail large envelops/packages home)

Baby/Cleansing wipes
Shampoo and conditioner
Deoderant (non-aresol)
Lotion (non scented/small sizes)
Soap, Anti-bacterial soap
Shaving Cream (non-aresol)
Disposable Rasors
Toilet Paper, Kleenex (travel size packets)
Eyeglass wipes

Sunblock, Aloe Vera
Throat Lozenges, Cough Drops
Gum , lifesavers, mints
Eye Drops
Blistex, Chapstick, Vasoline, Carmex
Aspirin, Motrin, Tylenol, Pain Relievers
Saline drops for nasal passages
Femine hygiene products for Military women
Jock itch spray
Boot liners/insoles, moleskin
Lotrimin AF for Athlete's foot
Foot Powder, Shower-to-Shower Powder
Laundry Soap (tablets)
Band Aids
Deet Insect Spray (non-aresol)

Batteries (AA/AAA/C) - Must be in Original package
Duct Tape: Military green, tan, black and grey
Super Glue
Pipe Cleaners
Electrical Tape
Flashlight w/ red lens
1 and 2 gallon zip-lock baggies
Bungee cords
Paperback books and magazines (no pornography)
Socks, underwear and T-Shirts
Green boot socks
Clothes for the soldiers who leave the hospital (ex. white T-shirts, underwear, socks, sweat shirts, sweat pants)
Deck of cards/hand held games/music CDs
DVDs and Videos (no pornography)
Cross word puzzles, word search etc.
Water balloons

Ground Coffee, tea, hot cocoa mix
Pre-Sweetened Drink mixes
Tang/Gatorade/Kool-Aide Powder (pre-sweetened)
Cookies, Homemade cookies (best if packed in Pringles container or similar)
Candy, candy bars
Gum, Lifesavers, Mints
Small bags of snacks or individually wrapped snacks
Peanuts, Trail mix, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds
Power bars, Granola bars, Protein bars, Nutrional bars, breakfast bars
Pop Tarts
Pringles, Lays, Torengos ( in pringle like can)
Crackers, flavored snack crakers
Gardetti's snack mix
Beef Jerky (labled & certified USDA Grade A)
Top Ramen Noodles
Tuna in foil pouch
Beef Slim Jims

05-04-2007, 06:55 PM
Tube or small tub of antiseptic cream

Kaolin Tablets

Mild/Gentle shampoo

Shower caps - disposable, if possible, or 2 regular ones.

(The sun can dry out hair fast, so she may not want to wash it every single day)

Small sewing kit plus 1 reel of strong white cotton & ditto black cotton

Small clothes brush

All Best Wishes


05-04-2007, 07:00 PM
here's some ideas from my soldier dot com (http://www.mysoldier.com/care-packages.htm).